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Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War. [1]

Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15], 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist-communist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th Century.

Goldman was probably well meaning but she was sometimes unrealistic. No communist system has ever been successful long term and all had to be enforced through a dictatorship. No anarchist society has ever been achieved. Goldman's support of other issues like Birth control and women's equality was more reasonable.

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  1. The Emma Goldman Papers

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